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Target Medicine Mentor Scheme Mentor Application - 2020/21

Key Information

Target Medicine Mentor Scheme 2020-21
 
Widening Participation at UCLMS
UCL is committed to widening participation to ensure those with the ability, regardless of their background, will have the opportunity to apply for and succeed in higher education. UCL Medical School also recognises the importance of a diverse NHS that better reflects patients and their needs.  Through Target Medicine we aim break down barriers to Medical School, support, guide and empower young people from diverse backgrounds with the potential to study Medicine, and help create an NHS that is reflective and understanding of a changing national population
 
What is Target Medicine?
Target Medicine (TM) is UCL Medical School’s Widening Participation initiative aimed at raising attainment and aspirations of young people from underrepresented backgrounds into medicine and health care. All programmes are free of charge. Students who take part in Target Medicine programmes will be from non-selective state schools around Greater London who meet selected eligibility criteria as outlined by UCL’s Widening Participation Team.

 
Target Medicine comprises of several events and programmes, but the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme is the largest. By becoming a Target Medicine Mentor Scheme volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to get involved in a range of other Target Medicine programmes and events such as our Summer School and Year 9/10 BECOME event for young people from African and Caribbean backgrounds.
 
UCL is committed to widening participation to ensure those with the ability, regardless of their background, will have the opportunity to apply for and succeed in higher education. UCL Medical School also recognises the importance of a diverse NHS that better reflects patients and their needs.  Through Target Medicine we aim break down barriers to Medical School, support, guide and empower young people from diverse backgrounds with the potential to study Medicine, and help create an NHS that is reflective and understanding of a changing national population.
 
To find out more about Target Medicine, please visit http://ucl.ac.uk/target-medicine.
 
To learn more about Widening Participation at UCL, please visit http://ucl.ac.uk/wp.
 
What is the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme?
The Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme matches 240 sixth form pupils with 60 UCL medical students, and provides guided lessons and targeted information, advice and guidance to support pupils to become more competitive medical school applicants.
 
The programme recognises that although young people from underrepresented backgrounds may have the aspiration, desire and ability to study medicine, they may not receive the necessary support and guidance when making their applications. The TM Mentoring Scheme aims to rectify this.
The work of volunteer mentors takes place to fit with the whole of the application process and therefore runs over a calendar year rather than an academic year.

As a volunteer mentor on the Mentoring Scheme, you and your team would work with a small group of sixth form students to give them a better understanding of what is needed to be a successful applicant to medical school. You would provide structured support and guidance to them throughout the application process.
 
What roles can I apply for in the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme?
The following application form will allow you to apply for two different roles within the Mentoring Scheme:
 
Mentor: responsible for mentoring a small group (4-5) of sixth form students and working your team of TM Mentors


Team Leader: responsible for mentoring a small group (4-5) of sixth formers and leading a team of TM Mentors.  Medical Students must have mentored for at least one year to apply for a Team Leader role.


Once you’ve become an experienced Mentor, in future years you will have the opportunity to apply for other roles such as Student Lead.

What training and support will I receive?
As a Target Medicine volunteer you will be fully trained in mentoring, presentation skills, child protection and safeguarding and group work. Our aim is to help you develop key transferable skills that will also benefit your clinical career in future. This training takes place online on four or five Wednesday evenings during the autumn term via Blackboard. The scheme is structured to ensure every volunteer mentor is well supported by team leaders, peers and staff.


What’s in it for medical students?
  • The opportunity to inspire and enable others to study medicine
  • The satisfaction of contributing your personal experience with the next generation
  • The opportunity to mentor school/college students
  • Working with like-minded peers
  • Training opportunities
  • Gaining key transferable skills including team work, event organisation, teaching, presentation, project management, leadership and group work
  • Priority for paid work opportunities within Target Medicine
  • Recognition through the Volunteering Services Unit
  • Supporting a worthy cause
  • Fun!
 
Will I receive payment?
This is an unpaid voluntary role, including attendance at all training and mentoring sessions.  However, an hourly rate of pay will be made for working on the Mentoring Scheme Events (excluding the Drop-in day), and you will be given priority for all other paid Target Medicine opportunities taking place over the course of the year (including Summer Schools, Open Days, Taster Days and school/college visits).  You will also be prioritised for other medicine specific WP activities. Please refer to the APPLICATION GUIDELINES for the Mentoring Scheme training and mentoring sessions and event dates.  

How do I apply?
To apply, please read the  APPLICATION GUIDELINES and complete the following application by relevant deadline below.

Please note: different year groups will have different application deadlines due to varying university start dates.


COVID-19 Update
Despite any uncertainty Covid-19 may bring this academic year, Target Medicine Mentor Scheme will continue to run whether it be delivered virtually or in person. We will keep you updated if we make any adaptations to the programme. In the event key changes are made to the academic calendar, we will adapt the Mentor Scheme to ensure it continues to fit around your studies.




Deadline to apply

Team Leader Applications
Y4 & Y5: 11:59 pm - Sunday 20th September
Y2 & Y3: 10am - Monday 5th October


Mentor Applications
All other applications (including Y1 SSC): 11:59pm - Sunday 11th October